Monday, April 23, 2012

U.S. history isn't forgotten: it's spraypainted gold.

Lewis Lapham gets it right again: "It isn't that Americans view the past as irrelevant; it's that they regard it as the stuff that dreams are made of, straw spun into gold, camera-ready for the preferred and more profitable markets in prime-time myth." From his current rant in the May issue of Harper's.

True of Western U.S. history even more than Eastern. Lapham's a Westerner. Specifically, a San Franciscan. He's on to Western image-making games. Once in a while it shows.

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